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There are nine National Institutes under this Ministry working in the field of disability. National Institutes are autonomous bodies established for different types of disabilities.  These institutes are engaged in Human Resources Development in the field of disability, providing rehabilitation services to the persons with disabilities and Research and Development efforts:-

(i)      National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (NIEPVD), Dehradun

(ii)     Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (AYJNISHD), Mumbai

(iii)    National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities  (NIEPID), Secunderabad

(iv)    National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai

(v)     Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (PDUNIPPD), Delhi

(vi)    Swami Vivekanand National Institute of the Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack.

(vii)   National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD), Kolkata

(viii)  Indian Sign Langauge Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC), New Delhi  

(ix)    National Institute of Mental Health and Rehabilitation (NIMHR), Sehore, Madhya Pradesh

Objectives of NIs

National Institutes are engaged in Human Resource Development in the field of disability, providing rehabilitation services to the Persons with Disabilities and undertaking Research and Development efforts. National Institutes also provide vocational skill training, placement and distribution of assistive aids and appliances to PwDs.

National Institute for the  Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (NIEPVD), Dehradun

National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (NIEPVD), Dehradun was established in 1979. The main objectives of the Institute are to undertake or sponsor the training of trainers and rehabilitation professionals, to conduct, sponsor, co-ordinate or subsidies research into biomedical engineering leading to the effective evaluation of special appliances/instruments or suitable surgical or medical procedures or the development of new special appliances/instruments.

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (AYJNISHD), Mumbai 

The Institute has been established in 1983 with the objectives of manpower development, research, clinical services, outreach & extension services, socio-economic rehabilitation services, material development and collection of information, documentation and dissemination of information for persons with speech and hearing disabilities. 

National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NIEPID), Secunderabad

The Institute has been established in 1984 with the objective to prepare human resources equipped to deliver services through quality models of rehabilitation, based on life cycle needs.  The institute is an apex body having tripartite functions of training, research and services in the field of intellectual disability in the country. 

National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai

National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Disability Affairs, Govt. of India was established in the year 2005, with the objective to serve as a National Resource Centre for Empowerment of person with multiple disabilities. Persons having more than one disability as mentioned in the Persons with Disabilities (1995) Act and National Trust (1999) Act are provided need based rehabilitation services. Keeping in view of the paucity of available services in the country, this institute has been set up with a mission to provide comprehensive rehabilitation through team approach - facilitating inclusion, ensuring empowerment of persons with multiple disabilities and their families.   To reach maximum number of persons with multiple disabilities, rehabilitation services were provided both at the Centre and in the community. “Thirami Model Special School” has been established with units for children with cerebral palsy, autism, deafblindness and early childhood special education. This model school serves as a lab to provide practical exposure to the trainees.  

Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (PDUNIPPD), Delhi

Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (PDUNIPPD), Delhi was established in 1960. Major objective of the Institute is to develop trained manpower for rehabilitation of orthopaedically disabled persons, provide outreach services and conduct research. The Institute runs three long term graduate level courses –Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT), Bachelor of Prosthetics & Orthotics (BPO).

Swami Vivekanand National Institute of the Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack

Swami Vivekananda National Institute of Rehabilitation Training & Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack (Odisha) was established in 1975. The objective of the Institute is human resource development, implementation of service delivery programmes, research and outreach programmes. It undertakes sponsors and coordinates the training of personnel such as Doctors, Engineers, Prosthetists, Othotists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Multipurpose rehabilitation therapists and such other personnel for rehabilitation of persons with physical disabilities.

National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD), Kolkata

The Institute was established in 1978 with the objective of Human Resource Development to develop manpower for providing services to the Orthopaedically Handicapped population. The Institute runs Graduate courses in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics. It runs a Post-graduate Diploma Course in Disability Rehabilitation and Management. Besides other Diploma Course and Certificate Courses are run in the field of multipurpose rehabilitation, Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC), New Delhi

Indian Sign Language Research and training Center (ISLRTC) is an autonomous organization under the administrative and financial control of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. In Accordance with the provisions of societies registration act,1860. ISLRTC established on 26th of September, 2015.The objective of the Center as under:-

  1. To develop manpower for using Indian Sign Language (ISL) and teaching and conducting research in ISL, including bilingualism.
  2. To promote the use of Indian Sign Language as educational mode for deaf students at primary, secondary and higher education levels.
  3. To carry out research through collaboration with universities and other educational institution in India and abroad and create linguistic records/ analyses of the Indian Sign Language, including creation of Indian Sign Language corpus (Vocabulary).
  4. To orient and train various groups, i.e. Govt. officials, teachers, professionals, community leaders and the public at large for understanding and using Indian Sign Language.
  5. To collaborate with organizations of the deaf and other institutions in the field of disability to promote and propagate Indian Sign Language.
  6. To collect information relating to Sign Language used in other parts of the world so that this input can be used to upgrade the Indian Sign Language.

National Institute of Mental Health and Rehabilitation (NIMHR), Sehore

Cabinet has approved the proposal of establishment of National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) at Sehore, Madhya Pradesh,   as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 under the aegis of the Department with the estimated cumulative cost of Rs. 179.54 crore in first three years (non-recurring – Rs. 128.54 crore and recurring expenditure of Rs 51 crore). 

The objectives of the proposed institute are  :

  • To promote mental health rehabilitation using an integrated multidisciplinary approach.
  • To promote and undertake capacity building and to involve in developing trained professionals in the area of mental health rehabilitation.
  • To engage in research and development and policy framing towards promoting mental health rehabilitation services

The Institute will serve outdoor patients only through its well trained work force of medical, para-medical and other professionals. There will also be provision for 20 studio apartments for patients suffering from mental illness and their families to provide them temporary stay at institute during their treatment time.

Institute will also run various courses of Diploma, Degree, Masters and Undergraduate in Mental Health rehabilitation. 

Composite Regional Centre for Skill Development, Rehabilitation & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (CRCs)

Nineteen Composite Regional Centre for Skill Development, Rehabilitation & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (CRCs) are working under supervision of NIs and administrative control of the Ministry. These CRCs for Persons with Disabilities in certain region of the country which are lacking institutional support, covering all the area of disabilities were established.  

Objectives of CRCs

CRCs are working as extended arms of National Institutes and provide human resource development, rehabilitation services for catering to multiple and different disabilities at one place. CRCs also provided vocational skill training, placement, undertaking Research and Development efforts and distribution of aids & appliances to PwDs.

 

At present CRCs are working in different part of the country as under:-  

S.No.

Name of CRCs

Name NIs under which CRC working

 

1

CRC, Guwahati  (Assam)

SVNIRTAR, Cuttack

2.

CRC, Sundernagar (H.P.)

NIEPVD, Dehradun

3.

CRC, Bhopal (M.P.)

AYJNISHD, Mumbai

4.

CRC, Srinagar (J&K)

PDUNIPPD, Delhi

5.

CRC, Lucknow, (U.P.)

PDUNIPPD, Delhi

6.

CRC, Patna, (Bihar)

NILD, Kolkata

7.

CRC, Ahmedabad (Gujarat)

AYJNISHD, Mumbai

8.

CRC, Kozhikode (Kerala)

NIEPMD, Chennai

9.

CRC, Rajnandgaon

SVNIRTAR, Cuttack

10.

CRC, Nellore, (A.P.)

NIEPID, Secunderabad

11.

CRC, Devengere (Karnataka)

NIEPID, Secunderabad

12.

CRC, Nagpur (Maharashtra)

NIEPMD, Chennai

13.

CRC, Agartala (Tripura)

NILD, Kolkata

14.

CRC, Naharlughan (Arunachal Pradesh)

NILD, Kolkata

15.

CRC, Ranchi (Jharkhand)

SVNIRTAR, Cuttack

16.

CRC, Balangir (Odisha)

SVNIRTAR, Cuttack

17.

CRC, Gorakhpur (U.P.)

NIEPMD, Chennai

18.

CRC, Sikkim

NIEPMD, Chennai

19.

CRC, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

NIEPMD, Chennai